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Vikings: The One Where Bjorn goes Fishing

In the second episode of Vikings, we seem to have a nod to Oscar season as Bjorn, having just set out to explore and conquer southern Europe does his best Leonardo DiCaprio impression from the Revenant, including an encounter with a bear. Although fortunately for the audience, he is spared an ursine sexual assault (that’s a sentence you don’t write everyday). There isn’t really much to say about this story line. Bjorn has no dialogue and all we see him do is fish for his dinner. It may set the scene for reminding us of his fortitude, but there is no plot or character development which is unfortunate since that screen time could have been replaced with more about the drama taking place at Kattegat which is sadly absent from this episode. Continue reading “Vikings: The One Where Bjorn goes Fishing”

The Ruins of Beynes

Overview of the castle and the church in Beynes

During one of my last trips to Paris, I decided that I would approach my travel in a thematic way. And so, I took the opportunity to explore some of the lesser known castles and fortresses around the Île de France. I was thrilled that a considerable number of them still survived, though most were in states in disrepair. And even in their ruined state, these castles evoke a powerful connection to the glories of France’s medieval past that is largely unknown to North American travellers and historians. Continue reading “The Ruins of Beynes”

The Never Forgotten National War Memorial Project

As many History Collective readers are aware, over the past months there have been some intense debates about the proposal to install a “Mother Canada” statue in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. In this article written for Active History, historian Jill Campbell-Miller does an excellent job addressing some of the issues surrounding the proposed development. Her article untangles the complexity of some of the concerns and addresses both the aesthetic debates and the representation of Canadian history.

Photo Credit: ‘Vimy Ridge Memorial: “Mother Canada” overlooks the Lens-Douai plain’/Cbone (cropped from original)

The Historic Churches of Kitchener, Ontario

1412398_10154859963010455_7885151444313832678_oAuthor: Jason Sager

Originally published at Jason’s Literary Salon.

After my last trip to Paris, I have been inspired to spend more time enjoying and appreciating the place where I actually live.  For the past decade or so, I have called Kitchener home.  It’s a great place to live and with a bit of an adventurous spirit, it is really easy to find all kinds of hidden and not so hidden gems in the city. Continue reading “The Historic Churches of Kitchener, Ontario”

St Dunstan in the East

P1200605Author: Gwenith Cross

The History Collective is intended to provide a community for historians of all backgrounds to discuss a variety of topics that run the gamut from formal research to history in popular culture. Furthermore, we have very different interests; Jason Sager is an early modernist and Gwenith Cross studies twentieth century medical history. Given these rather divergent approaches to history, how does one choose a logo to represent the Collective? Continue reading “St Dunstan in the East”

Photography on the Front Lines: Canada’s Official Photography of the First World War

StokesProfilePicAuthor: Carla-Jean Stokes

In this article, Carla-Jean examines Canada’s Official Photography of the First World War and asks pertinent questions about how we should view these images. “Are they relentlessly truthful documents of life and death on the Western front? Or are they snapshots of the imagined Canadian past, manufactured to delude the public and wage a destructive war of attrition? Perhaps they fall somewhere in between.” Continue reading “Photography on the Front Lines: Canada’s Official Photography of the First World War”

A Medieval Treasure in the Heart of Paris

1412398_10154859963010455_7885151444313832678_oAuthor: Jason Sager

This post was originally published at Jason’s Literary Salon

To say that there are an unlimited number of fun things to do in Paris is quite the understatement. But for most people who visit, you only have a limited time and you want to see as much as possible. With limited time and for most of us, limited budgets, you have to make sure you get the biggest bang for your buck. Continue reading “A Medieval Treasure in the Heart of Paris”

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